President Benigno Aquino 3rd has been shamelessly lying about the brutal death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos in the hands of Muslim separatist rebels early this year.
Grieving relatives of the slain elite officers made the accusation on Tuesday as they trooped to the House of Representatives to join 94 lawmakers in calling for resumption of the Mamasapano probe by the chamber.
Their visit to Congress came a day after the President blamed the Mamasapano tragedy on sacked SAF chief Getulio Napeñas for disobeying his instructions of coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines a police operation against two wanted terrorists.
“We don’t believe that Mr. Napeñas would act all by himself. They [commandos]were going after international terrorists. Somebody is behind him [Napenas]. It would be impossible that the President would not know about this [operation]because this concerns our national security,” Ruby Senin, widow of police officer Romeo Valles Senin 2nd, said in a news conference.
“Magsabi lang po siya [Aquino] ng totoo…’yung buong katotohanan. Ayaw po namin ‘yung pagtuturuan. Para naman silang mga bata na turo ng turo…[We just want the President to tell the truth…the whole truth. We can’t stand the finger-pointing. They are like children who love to point at each other when they do something wrong],” Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain police officer Nicky Nacino of Isabela, said, fighting back tears.
Napeñas has admitted to having kept the police operation secret from Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. on orders of then-suspended PNP head Alan Purisima.
Purisima is a long-time friend and aide of President Aquino dating back to the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the incumbent leader’s mother.
“Hindi po kami naniniwala sa Presidente. Paiba-iba po ang sinasabi niya. Noon sabi niya hindi niya alam. Tapos naging alam niya pero di siya sinunod ni Mr. Napeñas…at kasama pa si Mr. Purisima eh samantalang suspended siya [We don’t believe the President because he has been changing his stories every now and then. He initially said he did not know about it, then claimed that Mr. Napeñas did not follow him…and Mr. Purisima was even involved even if he was suspended],” Telly Sumbilla, mother of the late police commando John Lloyd Sumbilla, said.
“Wala naman masamang mag-sorry pag nagkamali ka. Pero bakit niya kinakalinga si Mr. Purisima? Nawawala sa eksena si Mr. Purisima. Favoritism ho ang nangyayari [There’s nothing wrong in saying sorry when you’re wrong. Why is he shielding Purisima? Purisima is being taken out of the picture. The President is playing favorites],” Mrs. Nacino said.